Pastor Rick Warren Gives Three Things Christians Should Focus on to Improve Their Mental Health

Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, speaks at the Pastors’ Conference 2014, ahead of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Annual Meeting, on Monday, June 9, 2014, in Baltimore, Md. | (Photo: The Christian Post/Sonny Hong)

God wants His children to be healthy in every area of their lives — emotionally, spiritually, and physically — says Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren who lists three ways people can safeguard their mental health.

In a devotional posted earlier this month, Warren, who’s also the author of the book Purpose Driven Church, said that in order to be mentally healthy, one must focus their mind on the right things, adding: “Your mind is your greatest asset and the greatest battleground.”

The pastor then shared three things Christians should focus on to increase their mental health, the first being Jesus.

“You’ve heard the saying, ‘You become what you think about most,’” he said. “If you want to become more like Jesus, you have to fill your thoughts with him.”

Second, he advised Christians to think about others, pointing to Philippians 2:4, “Don’t just think about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and in what they are doing” (TLB).

“Do you realize how countercultural that is?” he asked. “Our world teaches you to think about yourself and nobody else. But Jesus was countercultural, and when you think about Him, you’ll more naturally think of others.”

Finally, the pastor recommended thinking about eternity, citing 1 Corinthians 2:9: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett